Otago are now through to the main draw after the Faisalabad Wolves crashed to their second straight defeat in the qualifiers later in the day.
Chasing a 155-run target for victory, the Kiwi side got off to a good start with openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom starting in earnest. Spinner Suraj Randiv sent the former home for 20, bringing Brendon McCullum to the crease.
While most would have expected McCullum to take his side through, the Maroons sprung a surprise, with Dilhara Lokuhettige having him stumped for 8. Ryan ten Doeschate (64) then walked in, smashing five sixes and two fours, off just 32 balls to put Otago on track.
Though he was dismissed with the finish line in sight, James Neesham (32) finished things off with 12 balls remaining.
Earlier, Otago Volts skipper Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to field first. Upul Tharanga and Shehan Jayasuriya added 25, before James McMillan took the latter’s bails off. Kumar Sangakkara came in and smashed a six and a four, before James Neesham had him caught by Ryan ten Doeschate.
Kandurata Maroons 52/2.
Ten Doeschate then put his right hand around a ball, picking up a wicket in his very first over, getting rid of Lokuhettige, just when the right-hander found a foot on the accelerator. Thankfully for the Maroons, Upul Tharanga scored a resilient 76, keeping one end tight for the Sri Lankan side.
Then came Ian Butler (3/21).
Out went Tharanga, Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Chamara Silva in a space of four deliveries. Butler had delivered. Thilina Kandamby and Nuwan Kulasekara swung their bats around, but by the time the 20th over was bowled, Maroons had finished with 154/9.